Beyond the view of the West

Ageing and anthropology

Authored by: Sarah Lamb

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033

10.4324/9780203097090.ch5

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Abstract

Beliefs and practices surrounding ageing speak to fundamental conceptions of who we are as human beings and how best to live. Anthropologists work closely with people in diverse social-cultural settings to gain access to their complex perspectives, expose unexamined assumptions, and highlight striking cultural differences. Looking beyond the view from the West, anthropologists use studies of ageing in diverse settings not only to understand others, but also to critically examine their own societies, unsettling familiar ways of thinking and revealing underlying values.

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